In honor of Family Engagement Month this November, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has announced new early learning resources for families with infants and young children.
Rootle Readiness, a partnership between the NCDHHS and PBS North Carolina, provides educational resources that help families understand the significance of early childhood education.
Rootle Readiness also helps connect families with quality childcare programs and early childhood educators.
The NCDHHS was issued the "Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five" grant by the federal government, which prompted the collaboration between the NCDHHS and PBS NC.
“It is a 24/7 resource, so people can access it as they have time, and it’s just an amazing way for us to reach over 3.8 million homes,” Ariel Ford, the director of the Division of Child Development and Early Education for the NCDHHS, said.
The Rootle Readiness resources include the N.C. Child Care Resource and Referral Council, the N.C. Infant-Toddler Program, Zero to Three, the National Association for the Education of Young Children and Smart Start, among others.
Early childhood education is important, Ford said.
Most of the brain’s physical development occurs during the first five years of life, setting the stage for a child’s future success.
Ford said quality early childhood education is a critical way for children to be supported in becoming productive and engaged citizens.